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Good new or used bike for beginner about 500-600 to spend.(7 posts)

Good new or used bike for beginner about 500-600 to spend.crackmunch
Aug 1, 2001 5:32 AM
Just curious what your thoughts are on a good entry level bike. I was looking at the Giant OCR 3. I like it but really have nothing to compare it to. What other bikes do you suggest? Im really not to picky as long as the bike will last a while. I just really want to ride but dont want to make the wrong choice on the bikes. Thanks for the help.
re: Good new or used bike for beginner about 500-600 to spend.jtolleson
Aug 1, 2001 6:18 AM
There aren't too many reputable options in that price niche, but a few. If the Giant is in there it is a good option. The KHS Flite 300 is in there and is fine. I'm not sure what the Cannondale R300 is running these days. I don't think Trek, Bianchi, or Specialized has a road option quite that low, but each has something if you go up to more like $700. Frankly, most bikes in the $500-$800 niche are similarly spec'd (same components and rims). You'll have some weight variance, some trim differences, and most important for your purposes, a different fit to each. Get your local bike shop to help you determine which size in WHICH FRAME (not just "you're a 52 cm" or whatever) works best.

Used can be a great way to get more bang for the buck, but is very hard for a first bike unless you have a handy-dandy cyclist consultant to help you shop.
re: Good new or used bike for beginner about 500-600 to spend.ashleync
Aug 1, 2001 6:28 AM
I recently purchased my first road bike after years fo Mountain biking. For $749.99, I got a Fuji Finest AL 58 cm bike with Sora components and a nice Aluminum frame. it's true that I still need clipless pedals, and you cannot shift from the drops, but those are little customizing things that I like to do myself. It is a nice bike.
re: Good new or used bike for beginner about 500-600 to spend.RandyMH
Aug 2, 2001 4:08 PM
Really look around. I know in my area (Dallas, Texas) a lot of the 2000 models have dropped in price. I looked at the Giant also, but ended up going with the C'Dale R400. Which was a little more expensive. I was also in the $600.00 range at first. The Trek 1000 are running about $649.00. Try the Giant out ride it for awhile just to see if it even fits you. The guys I see out on rides in my area seem to love theres.
re: Good new or used bike for beginner about 500-600 to spend.quinroo
Aug 1, 2001 8:24 AM
ii had the same price range as you, and found it difficult to find anything i liked in that range. so what i did was look through manufacturers' websites for *last-year's* models that i liked even though they were slightly higher than my price range. when i found something i liked, i called around to local bike shops, and found the bike i wanted for $100 less than msrp, as it was on closeout.
re: Good new or used bike for beginner about 500-600 to spend.UncleMoe
Aug 1, 2001 8:58 AM
A few months ago I bought a Bianchi Brava from a LBS in San Diego. Its a small shop call Leucadia Cyclery, but I picked the bike because it was the only shop I went to where I didn't think someone was trying to scam me. It was $699 and I have been very happy with it. I put about 150-200 miles a week on it commuting and weekend riding.

Looking back on how much I'm riding, I should have gotten a bike 1-2 steps up, but it is holding upwell.
Trek 1400 w/ 105 for $350wouter
Aug 1, 2001 6:39 PM
I have this available for you since I have just upgraded to a vortex and would like to make room on the bike rack.

970-349-6611
Wouter